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Michael was born in Michigan and raised on Long Island with a brief sojourn in the Bronx where he contracted polio. While not something he would choose to repeat (the polio, not the Bronx), nevertheless, living with polio has shaped his life. Michael graduated from Brooklyn Prep High School (yes, a daily commute on the Long Island RR… and, no, he didn’t have any good reasons beyond adolescent whimsy). After a degree in psychology, some impromptu travel, some deep thought (i.e., where to party) and a push out the door from his mom, he studied pharmacy and later got a PhD. While working in NYC, Michael met his future wife, Hara. They moved to Rockland County and, in 2001, joined the OJC. Michael fulfilled a growing commitment with conversion to Judaism. His friends, teachers and mentors at the OJC continue to guide his path in life. Michael has been active in the Men’s Club and with various committees. Michael has served on the Board of Trustees as Secretary of the Executive Board since July, 2014.



Executive Board

Kim Lori Sokol

BonnieBen Pilar

Leslie Levinson

Sharon Aach

Glenn Hirsh

Susan Levine

Erika Kremin

Lloyd Fishman

Board of Trustees

Mark Brownstein

Jessica Browner

Eva Brunwasser

Gregg Brunwasser

Geoffrey Cantor

Erica Kohl

Allen Levinson

Justin Rubinstein

Bryan Rutcofsky

Ari Saposh

Aram Schwartz

Bern Weintraub

Harriet Wolf

Mindy Zlotogura

Bart Bookman

Cedine Issman

Amy Edelstein

Senior Vice President

Vice President - Fundraising

Vice President - Ritual

Vice President - Youth/Education



Financial Secretary

Past President

Men's Club Representative

Sisterhood Representative

Kulanu Representative